Clarkson University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Clarkson University is a private, 4-year institution in Potsdam, NY near Norwood Lake in the far northern reaches of NY State. The school was founded in 1896 the sisters of Thomas S. Clarkson, a local entrepreneur who was killed in a quarry accident; the name was changed to Clarkson College of technology in 1913; it achieved university status in 1984. The school’s 640 acre campus contains many open spaces and quads and features a blend of traditional red brick collegiate architecture interspersed with modern and contemporary styles. It actually holds 2 campuses: the ‘downtown’ and ‘hill’ campuses as well as satellite locations in Schenectady and Beacon, NY. Among notable alumni are several professional ice hockey players and 2 founding members of the band Blue Oyster Cult.

Academic Programs

Clarkson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in over 50 areas of study. Noted for Physical Therapy, the largest program on campus is in Engineering. Clarkson’s online presence is limited to graduate coursework and degree programs, but the university maintains partnerships with over 40 international schools for study abroad programs. Per the Mission Statement, “Clarkson University is an independent, nationally recognized technological university whose faculty of teacher-scholars aspires to offer superior instruction and engage in high-quality research and scholarship in engineering, business, science, health, and liberal arts. Our primary mission is to educate talented and motivated men and women to become successful professionals through quality pre-collegiate, undergraduate, graduate, and professional continuing education programs, with particular emphasis on the undergraduate experience. Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community, and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion, and application of knowledge.”

Student Life

There are over 3,200 undergraduate students enrolled in Clarkson University, most of whom live on campus among the 7 residential areas that include housing types ranging from dormitories to apartments. The University sponsors over 130 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the green and gold Golden Knights field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. There is also the Clarkson Theatre Company, a student organization that includes 3 other colleges: SUNY of Potsdam & Canton and St Lawrence University. Clarkson University holds their Core Values as very important: Teamwork – encourage creativity and self-initiative in our partnerships; Caring – being open to constructive criticism and show appreciation for a job well done; Integrity – Honesty and accountability; Vision – embrace the inevitable changes in our world as opportunities; Diversity – mutual appreciation of differences and a plurality of opinions, beliefs and cultural traditions; Service – offering our time and skills for the good of our fellow citizens; Growth – broaden our horizons; Learning is a lifelong activity; Diligence – “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” (favorite Bible verse of Thomas S. Clarkson.) Initiative and hard work.

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